October 13th, 2010
04:20 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN/Time Poll: Murray up 8 points in re-election bid

(CNN) - A new poll indicates that Sen. Patty Murray of Washington leads her Republican challenger Dino Rossi by eight points.

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According to CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday, 51 percent of likely voters in Washington State back the three term senator, with 43 percent supporting Rossi, who was the GOP gubernatorial nominee in 2004 and 2008, with two percent undecided. Murray's eight point advantage is down from a nine point lead from mid-September.

Among the larger sampling of registered voters, Murray holds a narrower 48 to 44 percent margin over Rossi, down from a 50 to 44 percent advantage last month.

"Washington is one of the few states CNN has polled in this fall in which Democrats and Republicans are equally enthusiastic about voting," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Combine that with a voting population that has trended Democratic in its past voting behavior and we see a state in which the likely voter model adds a couple of points to the Democratic candidate."

The survey indicates that Murray has an overwhelming lead among Democrats, while Rossi has an overwhelming lead among Republicans and holds a 49 to 39 percent advantage among independent voters.

"It looks like the traditional gender gap is being amplified by identity politics in a race between a Democratic women and a Republican man," Holland adds. "Murray has a two-to-one lead among women, while Rossi has a 15-point lead among men. Rossi wins among all independents, but a quarter of them support the Tea Party. When you factor out those voters and boil it down to truly non-partisan independents, Murray has a 21-point lead among that smaller group."

According to the survey, 48 percent of likely voters approve of the job President Barack Obama's doing in the White House, with 47 percent saying they disapprove. Among all adults, 48 percent give Obama a thumbs up while 42 percent disapprove.

The CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted October 8-12, with 1,510 adults, including 1,340 registered voters and 850 likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for likely voters.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Get the latest poll results here.

Filed under: 2010 • CNN/Time poll • Polls • Washington State
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Jennifer

    Dems are getting fired up!

    October 13, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Enough with these polls, yesterday I saw a poll that was reversed, so...so much for the polls, it is about turnout. But here is the thing that Republicans don't GET....

    1. Republican congressional approval is almost 10 points below Democrats approval...

    2. Even IF Republicans get he majority in one house or even both, whet the HECK is their plan???
    What are they going to do?
    Investigations??? Preach that FREE MARKET CRAP that has destroyed America???
    They tried that in the 1990's, and it is not the 1990's any more.
    People want jobs not investigations, you morons...

    ...anyway, like I said, even if Republicans get a house or even both houses, they'll not only make Obama more popular, but they'll those te elections in 2 years again, after having done NOTHING for over 6 years (except saying NO to everything), so I'm not worried, I'm still young and will see these retarded freaks on the right lose even worse than they already did again.

    October 13, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. one voice

    Thank GOD for Patty Murray, She saved the Boeing tanker contract from going oversees where Rossi wanted to send it. This Rossi CLOWN is nothing but a CORPORATE SHILL and will TRAMPLE on the AMERICAN DREAM that the MIDDLE CLASS will NEVER OBTAIN under GOP RULE. GO PATTY

    October 13, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Dino Rossi has run before. Patty Murray WILL WIN!

    In NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO!

    October 13, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Thank GOD for Patty Murray, She saved the Boeing tanker contract from going oversees where Rossi wanted to send it. This Rossi CLOWN is nothing but a CORPORATE SHILL and will TRAMPLE on the AMERICAN DREAM that the MIDDLE CLASS will NEVER OBTAIN under GOP RULE. GO PATTY

    Can you explain letting boeing HQ leave the state of Washington??? Where was the intervention on that. How about the disgusting amount of taxes people pay in the state of washington that effect a majority of the middle class. I think you should probably check all the facts.

    October 13, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Scot

    Rossi has lost two times before and with all the "Kings Money " that Rove and his corporate goons have spent on this guy and he is still down should tell you something. This guy was a owner in a bank and then went out and taught people how to buy home that were going into foreclosure. What a stand up guy ! Typical of what Rove and his group wants to run the country again !

    October 13, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Only one Senator has taken more money from Lobbyist than Patty Murray. Haha you wanna talk about corporate shills.

    October 13, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. George of the jungle

    Thank goodness so sense here.

    October 13, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. vote-life- Seattle

    The results of this poll are completely off base compared to the latest polls here. As of Oct 8th the polls were dead even with Patti having a 1/7th of 1 percentage advantage. 8 points is ludicriously false.

    October 13, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. matt smith

    All the rest of the polls are wrong, and this one is right? It looks to me like Patty Murray has gone from the mom in tennis shoes to the Granny in support hose.

    October 13, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Not surprised

    When is Dino Rossi going to get the hint that if we wanted him in an office, we would have voted him in one of the other two times that he lost?

    October 13, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. R Venegas

    Keep hope alive – no to WA D.C. Murray. Re-elect No one in NOV!!!

    October 13, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. astro24102

    I hope all of those voting for Character in office vote for Dino Rossi.....

    October 13, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |